More than just a character actor, Steve Buscemi has that certain… something. His distinctive look and offbeat energy set the tone of a movie like few actors can, and his one-of-a-kind mug makes a big impact onscreen—even when it’s just in a cameo appearance. No wonder Joel and Ethan Coen love casting him in their movies; he’s able to sum up their signature creepy/weird/funny style in just one shot. Here are five movies from the Coen brothers that show how Buscemi is like their cinematic soulmate.
Everyone loves an underdog, right? Erin Brockovich, Frida Kahlo… These are the people who manage to make something out of nothing by transforming themselves, and the world, along the way.
“Courage Under Fire,” “Malcolm X,” “Philadelphia”… Denzel Washington is one of the finest and most accomplished actors of his generation. For four decades, audiences have been enthralled by his compelling, intense, but always humane portrayals of men confronted by cruel circumstances and overcoming impossible odds. Here are his 10 greatest movies.
Sometimes uttering the words “I quit” just won’t cut it. If you’re looking to make a less than graceful exit from your job, you need not look any further than movies like “Bad Teacher” and “Waiting” that teach you exactly how. Here are 9 foolproof ways to suck at your job.
No one ever said movie heroes were perfect. In fact, the most imperfect ones—the deeply flawed, the morally suspect— like in Dog Day Afternoon and Taxi Driver, are often the most fascinating.
Great Britain has a long history of horror movies, but great British zombie films are harder to come by. That said, we’ve dug up this list of Britain’s best movies about the undead — from “28 Days Later” to “Shaun of the Dead.”
The Juilliard-trained, Oscar-winning William Hurt is a consummate actor’s actor, a leading man who isn’t afraid to take on supporting roles. Maybe that’s because—as the following 10 movies from “The Big Chill” to “The Accidental Tourist” prove—he’s one of those electrifying performers who scene-steals every movie he’s in regardless of the part he’s playing.
Martin Scorsese is one of the most inspired movie directors of all time, one who’s managed to reinvent himself from Hollywood enfant terrible to elder statesman of American cinema. Here are the six Scorsese films that have earned a spot in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
The upcoming Ghostbusters remake—which features female stars like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy taking over the roles made famous by the likes of Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd—could be the start of a trend. As long as Hollywood seems ready to remake everything these days, why not cast more women in what used to be men’s roles? (After all, is busting ghosts necessarily a guys-only activity?) Here are our picks for famous films that should be remade with female leads.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the real world, are we? Well, take a look at some really unreal worlds, alternative universes where hauntings, vampires, time travel, spontaneous combustion and the like are commonplace. However bad things may look right now, they can’t possibly compete with discovering that your kid is the spawn of Satan, can it? “Rosemary’s Baby,” we’re looking at you…
Like school, the cinema can teach you important lessons. Unlike the subjects you study in class, though, oftentimes a movie’s main lesson is that things can always be worse. From “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ to “Heathers,” here are the nine most horrible school days ever committed to film.
Attention, filmmakers: If you want an audience to get behind a particular character, make him go it alone, force him to do things his own way. Renegade style. Whether he’s fighting for the good of mankind or redefining what constitutes evil, we can’t help but find him intriguing. From Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) in “Blue Velvet” to Goodkat (Bruce Willis) in “Lucky Number Slevin,” these are self-sufficient guys with no apologies, few rules and even fewer questions asked.
Let’s pay tribute to some of the best big-screen grandparents out there. From Betty White in The Proposal to Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums, here are 10 amazing onscreen grandmas and grandpas who do a lot more than just knit sweaters.
Blockbuster season has come and gone, so as the summer’s superhero reboots drop out of theaters like so many autumnal leaves, why not check out some of the year’s finest independent offerings on the big screen? Here are 10 indie movies not to miss this fall, from raunchy comedies to groundbreaking dramas to challenging documentaries.
In “Ghostbusters,” the team gets together and become celebrities as they rid New York City of demonic spirits. Ghostbusters II sees our now-down and out heroes investigating an emotion-driven pink slime that can only be defeated with a chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.” So, which is the best?
Keanu Reeves has starred in tons of movies, but he’s mostly known for two kinds of characters: the doofy-slacker type he played in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (and then again in comedies like “Parenthood” and “I Love You to Death”), and the stoic action hero he most memorably portrayed in “The Matrix” (but also in movies like “Speed” and “Point Break”). It’s not fair to put Reeves in a box, though. Here are five times he terrifically played against type.
Every great movie starts a great script, but sometimes the greatest moments in cinema are captured when an actor “goes off book” and conjures a mesmerizing gesture or unforgettable line on the spot. To wit, here are 10 spontaneous bits in “Goodfellas,” “Annie Hall,” and more that have since been emblazoned into filmmaking history.
There will be 10 new movies added to the next edition of “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.” But what will make it? Here’s a sneak peak at the contenders so far—and a look at what’s coming out later this year could also make the cut.
War, what is it good for? Well, at the movies, war is good for shocking (sometimes even sickening) moviegoers with images that convey just how gritty and unbearable human combat can be. Here are 10 movies that don’t flinch as they show their audiences the grim realities of battle.
As fans of Doc Brown and Marty McFly may remember, the duo’s second adventure in “Back to the Future II” takes them all the way to the distant sci-fi reaches of… 2015. Now that the future has arrived, let’s check in on the 1989 classic’s most memorable predictions.
James Earl Jones has enjoyed an acting career that’s spanned TV, stage and film for six decades and counting. Ironically, Jones’ difficult upbringing was plagued by a severely debilitating stutter; now he’s most recognizable for his rich, resonating voice. (In case you’ve forgotten: “This is CNN.”) To see his best work, check out these four movies starring James Earl Jones that have been included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
The “Back to the Future” movies might be one of the best trilogies of all time, but which one really puts out 1.21 gigawatts of power? From meeting Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) to hoverboards, they all have reasons for winning… here’s your chance to decide!
Science-fiction movies are often visually dazzling and intellectually riveting…when they first arrive in theaters, that is. Oftentimes, the problem with the genre is that the cool special effects and futuristic plotlines that seem cutting-edge and state-of-the-art today can look dated and even silly a few years later. That’s why a sci-fi flick that stands the test of time is truly a wonder to behold. Consider “Aliens” and “Bladerunner”–movies that are as thrilling now as they were then.
Maybe “Dirty Dancing” has been your guilty pleasure for the last 28 years–but we’re here to tell you that there’s no reason to feel guilty anymore.
Whether he’s pointing a gun or petting a kitten, Clint is the coolest cat out there.